Friday, October 26, 2012


by Kelly

One set complete! One pair of mittens and one headband/earwarmer, sized for kids 6-12.  The mittens are from the book Patons Next Step Seven.

The headband is from DROPS design and is also available as a free pattern, either on Raverly or here. I adapted it slightly to fit a smaller head by dropping the last increase. And while I was looking for a page to link to, I found this page of other DROPS designs for headbands, so I can make more in different styles. I think these would be a great alternative to winter hats, especially for girls with long hair or ornate hair styles.

I love the fact that I can learn new things and at the same time help others stay warm this winter. I feel much better about knitting lots of colourful mittens if I'm not just tossing them in a bin to store in my closet. And speaking of learning new things, I'm working on an interesting hat project:

The idea here is that you knit it flat and then fold it into a hat shape and seam it up. I have my doubts, but the end result is so cute that I have to give it a try. Stay tuned for the results.

Now if only I could find a way to knit with all these beautiful autumn leaves that are lying all over the place. That would be recycling that I could get excited about.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mittens on Three Needles

by Kelly

Come for a walk through the autumn landscape with me:

Meanwhile, I'm knitting mittens in the round this time. Yay, no seaming! Of course, this type of knitting does come with other challenges. For example, the thumb is knitted last. Which makes me wonder about gloves. If you have to knit each finger individually, no wonder fingerless gloves are so popular.

But I will persevere. I definitely aim to achieve gloves this year, because I remember refusing to wear mittens after a certain age and I want to knit something that older kids will be happy to wear.

After all, cold weather is coming, and everyone deserves warm hands. 

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